Top Tips for Buying New Home Appliances

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One of the most fun activities you’ll do as a homeowner is buying new appliances. It feels good to envision your house filled with top-of-the-line products that enhance your comfort and enjoyment. There’s also that feeling of excitement when browsing online catalogs and visiting stores.

Of course, actually buying new appliances is a different story. It requires a bit more planning, for one, because you don’t want to buy the wrong item and waste your hard-earned money. After all, many home appliances are big-ticket items so you can’t replace them as quickly as other types of products.

To make sure that you make the best choice when it comes to your home appliances, here are sop shopping tips:

Evaluate Your Needs

It’s nice to window-shop and check out the best, prettiest, and most high-tech appliances. Before you pull out your wallet, however, make sure you know what you need. For example, if you’re looking for a new refrigerator, think about your eating, cooking, and grocery shopping habits. Do you buy and store a lot of frozen goods? Then you definitely need a model with a bigger freezer. If you’re planning to buy a washing machine, think about the size of your household and how often you need to wash clothes.

You should also consider factors like longevity and energy efficiency. This is especially important for appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, and the like, which are used frequently and thus experience more wear and tear. Style should be a secondary concern, but of course it’s ideal if you can get appliances that have everything you need in the design that you want.

Secure Your Funding

Once you know the features, style, and appliance that you need, the next step is to figure out how you’re going to purchase it. If you’ve been planning the purchase for quite some time, you likely have some money saved up already. You can take out a cash loan online to supplement your savings, or even use the extra money to upgrade a purchase. If you’re buying a smaller appliance, you can also take advantage of the quick processing and disbursement times of a cash loan.

Note that it may be easier to look for an appliance if you have a budget to work with. You may see something that ticks all the boxes, but end up getting disappointed because it’s something you can’t afford. With a budget in mind, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices and find the best deals.

Look for Sales

Speaking of the best deals, it’s no secret that big appliances cost a lot of money. When you add certain features such as smart controls, inverter technology, and the like, the price goes even higher. This is why it pays to be a little patient when appliance shopping and look for sales to increase your savings.

To stay updated with the latest offers and promotions, sign up for your favorite appliance store’s newsletter or text alerts. It’s also a good idea to take note of seasonal sales in which appliances get offered at a discount. Aside from major holidays, plenty of sales come up during the summer and back-to-school periods.

Consider Added Costs

There are many appliances that require little to no assembly—just plug them in and they’re ready to go. That said, there are also appliances that require professional installation or additional fixtures. Some examples include a split-type air conditioner or a cooktop that needs an exhaust.

Some appliance stores offer these services for free or for a minimal charge. You may also do these tasks on your own, if you prefer DIY or if you have prior experience in doing so. Either way, make sure that you’re prepared for these extra costs.

Measure Everything

Whether you’re buying a big or small appliance, you need to make sure that it fits where you want to place it. This is particularly important if your home has limited space or if an appliance needs to fit in a certain area. You should also add about an inch or so for some deviations to the published dimensions of an appliance.

For appliances such as refrigerators, you should also take into account the recommended space allowance between the appliance and the wall. Speaking of walls, you should also make sure that any appliance with doors has enough swing space so you can open and close them easily.

Finally, for large appliances, you should also measure the areas that lead to the place where you’re putting them. These include corridors, doorways, and stairways.

Read Reviews

Last but certainly not least, make sure to do your homework and read reviews from your fellow customers. An appliance may look good on paper but it may not actually deliver on its promises. You should also take a look at the brand’s and store’s after-sales service. This way, if anything goes wrong, you can rely on them to handle issues smoothly.

 

Happy appliance shopping!